5 Tips on Rebranding Your Business

5 tips on rebranding your business

Tips for rebranding your business

Successful companies will often say that the key to staying ahead of the competition is constant innovation. It motivates staff, it drives interest in an evolving marketplace, it boosts media attention. Rebranding your business can play a big part in this, but the road to success is littered with the failures of others. Big-name brands like Tropicana and Gap have learned the hard way that rebranding can be a very risky business. Here’s some advice on how you should go about it…

#1 Why Rebrand?

You must be sure that you are going about this for the right reasons. Assuming your company has been around for a while, your brand carries with it a lot of history and credibility built up over the years. Do you need a complete rebrand then, an expensive and by no means foolproof tactic, or would a few refreshing tweaks do the job of keeping your look up to date while retaining an existing structure that works well?

Successful rebrands often coincide with a different philosophy or way of doing things, a new direction. Just changing the name of the company or the look of your logo while keeping everything else the same seems a little pointless. Is it to broaden your audience? Be sure, then, who it is that’s buying your products and what will appeal to them – for inspiration, look at the way Steve Jobs radically repositioned Apple, focusing on why people cared about the brand rather than looking outward at what competitors were doing.

#2 New Domain Names?

If your current website is not living up to its potential then you might be looking to upgrade it, and this can also be a good time to change primary domain on Google Workspace. A new domain can be a tricky proposition, as if handled badly it can have a negative effect on your SEO, but there are ways to avoid that. Do your research and remember there are big advantages to a new domain beyond memorability – UK2 Domain Names for instance come with free email and 24/7 support.

#3 What’s The Story?

If you don’t have one already, find your brand’s story. What is it that makes your brand stand out from the crowd? It could be an interesting history. It could be an all-consuming passion from the CEO down for great customer service. It could be a reputation for consistently developing exciting new products. But whatever your story is, make sure that it’s clear, compelling, and shared consistently across all of your platforms from your website to your brochures to your social media.

#4 What’s The Rush?

When Gap introduced a new logo back in 2010, it suffered a humiliating failure. Reaction was so intense and negative that just a week or so later it had scrapped the idea and reverted to the original. This is not the first time a brand has made such an error and it almost certainly won’t be the last.

Suddenly changing a recognised logo or company name can confuse your customers, and cause an instant backlash. So test things out on a smaller scale first – baby steps. By moving slowly, and keeping a close eye on feedback, you can judge whether a rebrand is likely to be a hit or a failure, and if it’s not going to fly with people, you can switch back relatively easily without it being too embarrassing. You might even find it worthwhile to crowdsource opinion, getting your customers involved in the process for instance by asking for votes on a couple of different logo designs This can build vital engagement with the new brand and boost the chances of success.

#5 Who Should Do It?

Many companies, when considering a rebrand, will consider hiring an external rebranding expert to assist them. This can be expensive but unfortunately money spent is no guarantee of success. The massive failure that was the Post Office’s attempt to rebrand itself as Consignia is testament to that. Remember that no-one knows your company, or your customers, better than you. The basics of rebranding can be learned. It’s more difficult though for someone from the outside to come in and guess how your market will react to an idea if they haven’t had years of experience operating within it.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.

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